Double Kidney transplant patient Mark Johnson has been busy fund raising at Styal Golf Club in Cheshire. Mark is a Golf Professional spending most of his time coaching and running the junior programmes. The highlight of the year is the annual ‘Lads vs Dads’ charity golf match raising money for Kidneys for Life.

Mark states ‘the day gets the whole family playing (Mums and daughters play too!) and is a great fun day to finish the season. The ‘Dads’ definitely get more excited than the kids and relish the challenge of trying to win! The Ryder Cup format adds to the excitement. This year the ‘Lads’ took the title with a 12-10 victory which brings the running total to 2-2 over the last four years. We have had great support from the kids, parents, families and local businesses supporting the event.’

This event plus additional fundraising from the Styal Junior Section and part of the Captain’s charity has now brought the grand total raised to date of over £3,500.

‘The whole team at the MRI Renal unit do an amazing job and I can’t thank them enough. They have given me a whole new life, not once but twice and have always been there for me at all stages of my illness. I’m now trying to give something back though fundraising and I am now also involved with the a patient research group’